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'''William Edward Burghardt''' "'''W. E. B.'''" '''Du Bois''' (pronounced ; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American Sociology|sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanism|Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts|Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Du Bois and his supporters...
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